John Kallam, Jr., is a Rockingham County, North Carolina, magistrate. The county is referred to as “North Carolina’s North Star.” In North Carolina, magistrates typically adjudicate smaller legal cases and conduct preliminary matters in criminal cases, such as setting bail. Magistrates also conduct civil marriages. One of the shining stars of this county is Magistrate Kallam, who is a devout Christian believer. Late last week, Magistrate Kallam resigned his office because he did not wish to violate his oath, and “marry” homosexual and lesbian couples as such “marriages” are now permitted in North Carolina. In his resignation letter to Chief District Judge Fred Wilkins, Magistrate Kallam wrote the following in pertinent part:
It is with deep regret that I must inform you of my intent to resign from my current position as Magistrate effective 31 October 2014. It is my intent to use my remaining administrative days for the remainder of this month. When I took my oath of office, I understood I would be required to perform weddings and have done so throughout my tenure. I did not however take that oath with any understanding that I would be required to marry same sex couples. It is my personal belief and a position of my Christian faith that doing so would desecrate a holy Institution established by God Himself. Since performing marriages is an integral part of being a Magistrate and in light of recent changes in North Carolina law. I can no longer fulfill my oath of office in good faith.
Emphasis added. The Honorable Judge Wilkins said that Magistrate Kallam is “a good honorable man and a good man who stuck by his convictions.” Notwithstanding the gracious words of Judge Wilkins, he went on to say that if Magistrate Kallam refused to “marry” homosexual or lesbian couples, then he would be suspended.
Magistrate Kallam’s resignation merits deep respect and admiration. It often seems that there are few Christians in modern-day America who are willing to take a principled, moral stand that affects their professional standing and livelihood. Far too often, American Christians, particularly as compared to Christians in other countries who face daily persecution and violence against them, simply go along to get along, and avoid rocking the boat. I don’t say that to impugn an improper motive; rather in our politically correct world, American Christians are often intimidated not to speak. And as has been observed by many, such intimidation is accomplished because Christians are often not informed and are uncomfortable with these issues. After all, no Christian wants to be seen as a “hater.” In Magistrate Kallam’s resignation letter, he concludes powerfully:
I am reminded of the last words of David who said, “He that rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” Where there is no “fear of God,” there can be no justice!”
Homosexualists and other evildoers have long sought to silence Christians who have stood courageously against what Jesus described as unbelieving and perverse generations. Ancient sources tell us that the Roman Emperor Nero, who sent St. Peter and St. Paul, and many other now-unknown Christians, to their martyrdom, was “married” to two men, Sporus and Pythagoras. Please pray for Magistrate Kallam and his family as he begins a new stage of his life on November 1, but let us thank God for his Christian witness, strength, and courage. He is truly a shining, bright light in North Carolina’s North Star. May God continue to bless you richly, Magistrate Kallam.